Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 17–26 | Cite as

“That reminds me of a story...”: The therapeutic use of cautionary tales

  • Carlfred B. Broderick
Special Issue On The Story And Storytelling


This story about stories illustrates two kinds of cautionary tales and attempts to account for why and how they are useful in therapy.

Key words

stories cautionary tales family therapy 


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Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlfred B. Broderick
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  1. 1.the University of Southern California Human Relations CenterLos Angeles

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